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2:30 PM ET, September 20, 2007

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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Columbia's disgrace  —  There is a suicidal mania that grips elite opinion in the United States.  It is exemplified nowhere better than in our elite educational institutions.  Today, for example, Columbia University has issued the following statement to its alumni:
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ABC 7 Eyewitness News:
Iranian president intends to visit Ground Zero  —  Iranian mission says he'll go despite NYPD rejection  —  Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad requested to visit Ground Zero during an upcoming trip to New York.  That request was rejected Wednesday.  But a source tells Eyewitness News that the decision may not stop him.
New York Post:
JUST SHOVE YOUR WREATH  —  CITY TO IRAN PREZ: STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM GROUND ZERO
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and QandO
Richard Esposito Reports / The Blotter:
Secret Service Will Accompany Iranian President If He Goes to Ground Zero
Discussion: The American Pundit
Wall Street Journal:
Donors Stir 'Bundling' Questions  —  Clinton Campaign Vows  —  To Check Contributions  —  Solicited by Supporter  —  BRISTOW, Va. — When Hillary Rodham Clinton held an intimate fund-raising event at her Washington home in late March, Pamela Layton donated $4,600, the maximum allowed by law …
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Washington Post:
Past Clouds Candidates' Donor Lists
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Rather Strikes Back  —  I was extremely surprised by Dan Rather's lawsuit yesterday, but not as stunned as the CBS people I called, who just simply could not believe it.  —  No one was shocked that Rather is still mad at CBS — he made that clear when he left the network last year …
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Beldar / beldar.blogs.com:
Just tell me when I can get in line for tickets to attend the trial: Rather v. CBS
Discussion: Althouse and Law Blog
Natalie Finn / E! Online:
Dan Rather Suing Mad at CBS
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Reso Condemning MoveOn Passes Overwhelmingly, With Lots Of Dems  —  The GOP-introduced resolution condemning MoveOn just passed by a huge margin, 72-25.  Roughly half the Democrats in the Senate supported it.  —  A couple of the more interesting votes: Jim Webb, who just yesterday was a Netroots hero …
Discussion: Open Left and MyDD
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Senate Set To Vote Today On Condemning MoveOn — And On Boxer's Alternative  —  Looks like there's going to be another contentious vote in the Senate today.  Harry Reid's office tells me that there's going to be a vote today on a GOP-introduced resolution on whether to condemn MoveOn for running …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Bush vs MoveOn
CBN.com:
James Dobson to Fred Thompson: No Thanks  —  James Dobson, head of the influential Focus on the Family Ministry will be taking a pass on supporting Fred Thompson.  You can read why below from The Associated Press and then get my take afterwards: … Read the whole article here.
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Garance / theGarance.com:
Fred Thompson vs. Teh Sexy  —  Last Friday at a dinner party the conversation turned to Fred Thompson, and whether or not he is actually sexy.  The guests were primarily political reporters, including one who'd just come back from following Thompson on the campaign trail, where …
Newsweek:
Terror Watch: A secret lobbying campaign  —  The secret lobbying campaign your phone company doesn't want you to know about  —  The nation's biggest telecommunications companies, working closely with the White House, have mounted a secretive lobbying campaign to get Congress to quickly approve …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Fox's goddamn hypocrisy.  —  During the Fox network broadcast of the Emmy Awards this week, Actress Sally Field's acceptance speech was censored because she used the word "goddamn."  "If mothers ruled the world," Field said, "there would be no god-damned wars in the first place."
White House:
Press Conference by the President  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning.  In just 10 days the State Children's Health Insurance Program, known as S-CHIP, is set to expire.  This important program helps children whose families cannot afford private health insurance, but do not qualify for Medicaid to get coverage they need.
Lydia Saad / Gallup Poll:
Congress Approval Rises Slightly to 24%  —  Gain almost entirely due to improved ratings from Republicans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's 2007 polling from January through August chronicled a nearly relentless decline in public approval of the job Congress is doing.
Discussion: The Swamp, Don Surber and Pollster.com
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Fears of dollar collapse as Saudis take fright  —  Saudi Arabia has refused to cut interest rates in lockstep with the US Federal Reserve for the first time, signalling that the oil-rich Gulf kingdom is preparing to break the dollar currency peg in a move that risks setting off a stampede out of the dollar across the Middle East.
Horses Mouth:
Okay, this is a fun postcript to the whole battle over John Bohner's "small price" remark, which this blog first reported on a couple of weeks ago.  —  Boehner has finally responded personally on television for the first time to all the criticism of his remark, a sign that the beating he's taking …
 
 
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Pete Du Pont / Opinion Journal:
Chill Pill  —  Combat global warming?  There are better things we can do for the Earth.
Bruce Reed / Slate:
Banned in Boston  —  DON'T MISS THE NEW AD THE ROMNEY CAMPAIGN DOESN'T WANT YOU TO SEE!
Discussion: Reason Magazine
American Prospect:
The Myth of Moroccan Democracy
CNN:
Ag secretary resigns; Senate run expected
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Paul Krugman:
The Straight and Not Narrow
Pam / Pam's House Blend:
Progressive blogosphere MIA on Jena 6
Discussion: CNN and The Huffington Post
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Top Hillary Clinton backer rips Rudy Giuliani's personal life
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Such a Strange Place, Academia
Discussion: protein wisdom
 Earlier Items: 
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
From The Dept. Of Wasting My Taxpayer Dollars On GOP Political Grandstanding
Discussion: Brendan Calling
Hindrocket / Power Line:
IED  —  A reader whose son is serving in the Army says this video …
Discussion: TIME
Yahoo! News:
Wheelchair-Bound Woman Dies After Being Shocked With Taser 10 Times
Discussion: Abovethelaw.com
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Standing on One Principle, Voting on Another
Washington Wire:
What's in Your Wallet? New $5 Bill Debuts
Discussion: Suitably Flip and FP Passport
Certain ideas of Europe:
Who needs toothpaste?  —  ONE OF the tired cliches about Europe …
Discussion: The Corner
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Activity Guide  —  McCain campaign is 'done for,' insider says
Ramesh Ponnuru / New York Times:
Taxing the Hand That Feeds Us
 

 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
BuzzFeed sells Complex, acquired for $300M in 2021, to livestream shopping platform Ntwrk for $108.6M; BuzzFeed plans to lay off 16% of its workforce

Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

Amelia Pollard / Bloomberg:
Filing: a US court gives Audacy, the second-largest radio broadcaster in the US, approval to exit bankruptcy, slashing ~$1.7B of its debt in a restructuring

 
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